How to Make an Onion Bhaji

February 11, 2020

As the essence of a hearty meal, the onion bhaji is one of the most recognised staples of Indian cuisine in the UK. After all, they can be eaten as a starter or served as a snack and are made with rich flavours that excite the taste buds like never before. Here at Royal Nawaab, we believe that authentic Indian dishes are the secret to a satisfied customer. Read on as we go over everything that is required in order to craft the perfect onion bhaji…


In order to make an authentic Indian onion bhaji, it is important that specific ingredients and gadgets are used. In fact, every batch should use 2 finely sliced onions, 25g of melted butter, 1 teaspoon of ground cumin and ground coriander, 6 tablespoons of gram flour and rice flour and a pinch of salt. With this said, the spice factor can be ramped up by using more spices like turmeric and garam masala where preferred.


After finely slicing the onions, oil should be heated in a deep-frying pan at 190°C. After this, the flour, spices and salt should be added together into a mixing bowl with 4 tablespoons of water until it comes together in order to create a stiff batter. Once the mixture resembled the desired texture, the onions can be added and should be mixed in well. In order to cook the bhaji’s, the batter mixture should be added to the hot oil a spoonful at a time when the previous one rises to the top. As a guide, a typical onion bhaji takes around 3-4 minutes to cook and should be turned halfway in order to create a golden-brown coating.

Although a traditional onion bhaji is the foundation of any Indian meal, it is possible for amateur chefs to experiment with the flavours that they implement into their cooking in order to create a unique bhaji. After all, food is an occasion open to interpretation! To find out more information about authentic Indian cuisine, get in contact with the Royal Nawaab team and book a table at Manchester or London restaurant today!